Hand over the cash!

Bank raid at Elland
Bank raid at Elland
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THIS is the heart-stopping moment three armed men burst into a Calderdale bank and snatched £150,000.

The masked gang wielded a sledgehammer, crowbar and machete.

They had just smashed in the glass door of Lloyds TSB in Southgate, Elland, as cash was being delivered.

Now one of the three – Lee Tansey, 33 – has been jailed for 11 years.

The gang demanded money and one of the delivery men threw £25,000 to the gang.

A bank worker was marched into another room and told told to open more cash bags.

In all, the trio stole £150,000 from the bank.

They fled in a Vauxhall Zafira waiting outside with a getwaway driver at the wheel.

They drove to Saddleworth Road car park where one robber got into a white van and drove it away.

The others set fire to the Zafira before walking coolly away.

A court heard that the other two in the gang, plus the getaway driver, had still to be found.

Tansey, of Salford, admitted a string of armed robberies that netted almost £500,000.

He was given 11 years for his part in the Elland raid on June 18 2009.

Tansey also admitted robbing a Lloyds branch in Darwen, Lancs, and an HSBC in Marsh, Huddersfield.

Taking part in the Huddersfield raid was Rickton Henry, 31, also of Salford. He got eight years, eight months.

Leeds Crown Court was told Tansey and Henry were arrested at Liverpool airport after being extradited from Spain.

Detective Inspector Warren Stevenson said: “These men, armed with potentially lethal weapons, forced their way into banks and stole cash.

“They showed no concern for workers trying to go about their business when they threatened them with violence if they didn’t hand over cash.

“People should be able to feel safe at work and I hope they can all take some comfort from today’s sentencing.

“These men did everything they could to try and evade capture – even committing crime across force boundaries.

“But thanks to some good detective work, some sharing of intelligence between forces including and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, they were located in Spain and brought back to England under a European arrest warrant to face the courts.”

Matt Burton, of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, said: “Tansey and Henry were targeted as part of a multi-agency crackdown on organised crime.

“They were arrested during joint operations with the Spanish authorities.

“Our international reach should leave other criminals in no doubt that life on the run will be uncomfortable, insecure and short-lived.”